Gandhi Foundation

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The Gandhi Foundation is a United Kingdom-based voluntary organisation which seeks to further the work of Mahatma Gandhi through a variety of educational events and activities.

History[edit]

The Gandhi Foundation was inaugurated on 10 October 1983 at a launch in Friends House, London. The catalyst for the creation of the foundation was Richard Attenborough’s movie Gandhi, which attracted large audiences around the world, due in part to the sensitive portrayal of Gandhi by Ben Kingsley.

Founders[edit]

The principal founders were:

Aims and activities[edit]

The principal activities of the foundation are a quarterly newsletter and three annual events: a Multifaith Service, a Summer School, and an Annual Lecture. The newsletter is entitled "The Gandhi Way".[1]

The Multifaith Service is usually held in London on 30 January, the anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination. The Service brings together people of different faiths such as Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh in remembrance of Gandhi and to share elements from their different traditions.

The Summer School is held in July. Around 40 people of all ages and nationalities live together for a week in the countryside, sharing the necessary tasks of cleaning, cooking, and washing-up as well as attending daily workshops which take up different aspects of the chosen theme for the year. A variety of crafts are taught, and conventional lifestyles and attitudes are challenged. The Summer School has a loyal following with many participants returning year after year.

In 2008 the Gandhi Foundation helped to organise The Festival of Non-violence. As part of the festival the British Library unveiled a new traveling exhibition "The Life of Gandhi",[2] with six 'panels' focusing on the following aspects of Gandhi's life and work: Non-violence and the influence of Jainism, Gandhi's work in South Africa, Gandhi's Philosophy, the Non-Cooperation and Quit India movements, and the independence of India.

Annual Lecture[edit]

The Annual Lecture is usually held on or near Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October. The chronological list of lecturers together with the titles of their lectures is as follows:

Gandhi International Peace Award[edit]

In 1998 the prestigious[3] Gandhi International Peace Award was inaugurated. Recipients have included:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Gandhi Way". 
  2. ^ "The Big Hope Exhibition Programme". Liverpool Hope University. 
  3. ^ John Pilger (29 November 2007). "The Cyber Guardians of Honest Journalism". New Statesman. 
  4. ^ http://gandhifoundation.org/2014/04/08/william-bill-peters-co-founder-of-jubilee-2000-and-joint-recipient-of-the-gandhi-foundation-peace-award-in-2000/
  5. ^ Denis Halliday. "2003 Gandhi International Peace Award acceptance speech". 
  6. ^ David Cromwell. "2007 Gandhi International Peace Award acceptance speech". 
  7. ^ "The Gandhi Foundation Peace Award and Annual Lecture 2009". gandhifoundation.org. The Gandhi Foundation. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  8. ^ "The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award 2010". gandhifoundation.org. The Gandhi Foundation. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award 2011". gandhifoundation.org. The Gandhi Foundation. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award 2012". gandhifoundation.org. The Gandhi Foundation. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award 2013". gandhifoundation.org. The Gandhi Foundation. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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